Are you wasting time with God?
I mentioned last week that I was reading a book called Finding God’s Life for My Will. In it, the author spends considerable amounts of time on prayer and time spent in the presence of God. It makes so much sense that I am going to play the middle man. I want to give my interpretation of Donehey’s words and how it impacts my life.
Tons of people have asked the question, “how do I pray?” Prayer can be a daunting task. It shouldn’t be but that doesn’t change the fact that it is. What do we say, how do we say it, what is too much, what is not enough? All of these things can play a role in how we approach prayer. These same things exist when we think simply about spending time with God. Prayer is spending time with God, is it not?
What if our effort is all He wants? I’ve said this before but what if showing up is all that is expected and more importantly wanted from us. Jesus wants to spend time with you and me and He rarely has an agenda. One of the cool points in Donehey’s book is that God works in some of the most inefficient ways. Take a second and think about it. How many times has your prayer been answered on your time and how you thought it would be? How often are you waiting for days, weeks, months for signs that God is listening and acting? Being He is the all powerful force you’d think things would be easy for Him. And maybe they are. Maybe our perception of time is just off. Without going into some Inception scene I do think it’s worth reviewing. Time is different for God and that means the time we spend with Him is different.
Donehey references the Martha and Mary story in Luke by making the point that Mary had one objective and that was to be WITH Jesus, not work for Him. Martha thought by cleaning and serving Him that she was right, but Jesus tells her stop. Breathe. Rest in me.
38 As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. 39 She had a sister called Mary,who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said. 40 But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!”Luke 10:38-42
41 “Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, 42 but few things are needed—or indeed only one.[a] Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”
Read verse 42 again, “indeed only one.” Mary was in awe, listening to Jesus. Mesmerized by His presence. When was the last time you just sat in awe of Jesus? Spending time with Him is what He wants. All else flows from that one thing. We can’t serve Him without first listening. Without first acknowledging His glory and power. There is no formula for praying and spending time with Jesus. It’s as difficult and easy and sitting and being. Don’t make it harder than it has to be. But do make time for it.